WHO experts convene to discuss Ebola

Rostrum in conference hall

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that its experts will meet today to determine whether the current Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) constitutes a global health emergency. An emergency committee was convened by WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The committee will meet on 17 October in Geneva to ascertain whether the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern,” said a statement by the UN health agency.

The announcement came after DRC Health Minister Oly Ilunga warned over the weekend that a second wave of the Ebola virus had been confirmed in the outbreak in North Kivu.  He said that it occurred as a result of community resistance to measures taken to tackle the disease. “The situation is worrying,” he said.